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Red Lion, Woolverton

The Red Lion, Bath Road, Woolverton, Bath BA2 7QS

It had been a long day, driving from Bristol to Cheddar Gorge and then to Stonehenge, and we needed a break.

We were surprised at the lack of pubs on our route – dictated by sat nav – from Stonehenge to Bristol and The Red Lion came into view. It was the second pub on the wrong side of the busy road, but we needed to stop.

It is run, according to the website, by Lesley and her team and it is a cosy, traditional English pub situated on the A36 between Warminster and Bath.

We were attracted to the fact that customers can sample home-cooked food served every day with weekly seasonal specials and a gluten-free menu.

They serve roasts every Sunday and afternoon tea. The cakes looked scrumptious.

The range of real ales including Wadworth cask ales and seasonal ales also appealed.

It was 4.25pm and, sadly, food is not served – apart from the cakes – until 5.30pm. A big disappointment. Still we had soft drinks, enjoyed the sunshine in the beer garden and left.

The Red Lion is within easy reach of many places of interest including the stately home of Longleat House and its safari park, the ancient city of Bath and the historic town of Bradford Upon Avon.

There is also the American Museum close by in Claverton.

Families are welcome – there is a children’s play park – and if you bring your dog there is always a biscuit treat for them too.

There is a large car park and free wi-fi and it would have been an ideal stop off if food had been served.

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